Aaaaaaand breathe! I have officially finished my degree, meaning I can get the old blog going again. I know I haven’t posted in absolutely ages but I can’t imagine anything making me feel worse when I had 19,000 words of academic stuff to write (plus the 10%!). Aside from that, I am now free to spend my days doing whatever the hell I wanna do until I have to leave york on the 26th June (CRYS). So, what better way to commemorate my time in york than a blog post about all the things university taught me and no, not all academic, the majority are more life lessons than anything else.
- Not everyone you meet is going to like you / is going to be a great person. This one seems fairly obvious, but as a girl who thinks everyone is bomb and treats people how I want to be treated, this wasn’t as obvious for me in frst year. Granted I probably shouldn’t always look for the best in people as some people just don’t have these admirable features. (Side note: I’ve also met the most incredible people in the world during my uni experience so let’s not forget them).
- If Jager is the question, yes is the answer. (Jager is never the answer).
- I can eat an impressive amount of food / pizza which is a skill I wish could be utilised.
- Money is really not your main priority at uni, with that said I do wish I’d saved up more in first year but that’s just life really. Also, I thoroughly enjoyed the majority of those nights out and I have memories and pictures to show for it.
- Working whilst doing a degree is bloody hard. Alternatively, I loved every minute of my most recent job and i’ll be so sad to leave it behind.
- Being organised is the best thing you can be at university. Not leaving things till the last minute has made my university experiences significantly less stressful than many people I know and I’m hoping to do the same next year. I am CERTAINLY not a person who deals with stress very well, so I will reduce it as much as possible.
- You will spend all of your money on food and alcohol. Period.
- Having faith in yourself is key and this is something I just haven’t done enough of recently. Like why shouldn’t my work be a 2:1? I’ve worked bloody hard on my essays for months so I deserve high grades.
- Following from my previous point, you are going to meet people who are stupidly smart and work best under pressure. Everyone learns and studies differently and if that’s how they perform best that is good for them. We all have our own educational vices and time does not neccesarily predict quality.
- The best thing about university is 100% the diversity and the people you meet. I’ve made some amazing friends and I have to say the highlight is all the different accents. The fact that i’ve befriended more scousers than yorkshire people also amuses me. Finally, the appreciation people have for geordies is rather fab, but no I haven’t met or seen cheryl cole ever. (Have met scotty T though #claimtofame).
- No good story starts with a salad and a glass of water, that’s for sure.
- Living with strangers was never going to be easy and the odd falling’s out with flat mates is inevitable. However, follow your head and know who you want in your life. This particularly applies to the future and I know who i’ll actually see/aim to see past my university experience.
- This is a super cringey awkward one but, if you like someone, and I mean really like them, just tell them. Being honest is the best way to come across and it will benefit you in the long run.
- Bed sheets and towels are the most rare thing to clean in the world, but everyone is together in this, which somehow makes me feel less gross.
- Gaining weight is okay, losing weight is okay. What’s not okay is letting this dictate the food you’re eating. If you want a bloody chocolate bar (mmmmm kinda bueno) then eat it!! Don’t force down the lettuce and pretend to enjoy it. (I feel when you have a boyfriend this makes it quite easy, he’s stuck with me now).
- Not joining any soceities is something I will always regret, alternatively it’s important to choose the right ones.
- No matter how many times an essay is proof read you will keep changing it, just force yourself to submit it and be free. (I say this after uploading my diss four times).
That was a brief look into the world of Stephanie so you’re all welcome, thanks so much for reading and hopefully there will be many more posts to come this summer!